Ademir Marques de Menezes is a Brazil footballer born on 8th November 1922, at Recife, Brazil. He is primarily a Striker who played for Brazil National team, Vasco da Gama and Sport Recife Football Clubs. He is strong in right and left leg.
Ademir started his career by joining Sport Recife in the year 1939. He played for them 3 seasons and scored 98 goals. He then joined Vasco da Gama in 1942 and 115 goals in 90 matches.
Ademir then moved to Fluminense for one season before joining back Vasco da Gama. He scored a total of 345 goals for Vasco da Gama in 330 matches. His impressive club performances earned him a place in the National team.
He made his debut for Brazil National team in January 1945. He came into limelight in the 1950 World Cup.
Rise to Glory
He came into limelight during the 1950 World Cup where he ended up being the top goal scorer of the tournament. He scored 8 goals in 6 matches. Brazil ended up being the runners up as they lost 2-1 in the final. Ademir assisted for the Brazil’s goal in the final.
Ademir started his career as a left winger and later moved to the centre forward position. Ademir won the Campeonato Pernambucano with Sport Recife in 1941 and 1942.
He won the Campeonato Carioca with Vasco da Gama for 6 seasons(1945, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952 and 1956). He also won the South American Championship of Champions in 1948 with Vasco da Gama.
He won the South American Championship with Brazil in 1949. He also went on to win Pan American Championship with Brazil in 1952.
During the 1949 season Ademir was awarded the Copa America Best Player Award. He won the Golden Boot during the 1950 World Cup and featured in the FIFA World Cup All Star Team.
He started his Club Career with Sport Recife in 1939. He then moved to Vasco da Gama in 1942 and played there for 3 seasons. Ademir then moved to Fluminense for 1 season before moving back to Vasco da Gama in 1948.
Ademir represented Vasco da Gama for 9 seasons and ended his club career at his youth club, Sport Recife.
He retired from International Football in 1953 and went on to become a commentator. Ademir passed away on 11th May, 1996 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is still remembered as one of the greatest Brazilian player to have played the game.